Hove Promenade parkrun is cancelled on 4 April 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Hove Promenade #231 – 8 February 2020

The 'calm before the storm' one...

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Ahead of a full moon and Storm Ciara kicking in, 510 runners, walkers and joggers toed the line in the hazy sunshine - another high turnout. Well done everyone who made it to the start line, including the 80 first timers to the Prom.

Twenty six people did their first parkrun ever this week! Congratulations and hope to see you again: Thomas MARSH, Daniel ARDERN, Jessica HAYDON, Logan WARKENTIN, Charlie BARKSHIRE, Iain POMFRET, Semjon SCHIPPERS, Abi ALDRED, Liam COLLINGBORN, Frankie COTTRELL, Sally MCPHEE, Josh ROGERS, Alex BECK, Steve THOMPSON, Clive MEAD, Richard HEDGES, William KERN, Harry WINTER, Louise UPTON, Helen BARKSHIRE, Mette LARSEN, Hannah WIGGINS, Rosie DRAGE, Julie MEAD, Sophie GLEW, David DUNKLEY, Stefan BAILEY.

Congratulations also to the 103 parkrunners who got a PB this week - great work.

In the pink!

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Did you marvel at the pinkness of this week's volunteers, donning the new hi-viz of glory? Without these 36 people, this week's parkun would not have been possible. Thank you to:

Helen TODD • Gareth PERRY • Clare WALLER • Carole JORDAN • Marc BONALDI • Adam WALTER • Caroline NORTH • Michelle PAULI • Kathryn MARTIN • Tim PAGET • Jon ELSOM • Rachel DYSON • James MILLAR • Clary DREW • Deborah ABSALOM • Jenny THORNE • Dave SKINNER • David SPENCER • Sally ROLLINSON-BLUNDELL • Adriana KEMPT • Daniel BURTON • David MARTIN • Laura HODGKISS • Lucy ADITI • Joanna LYONS • Graham HALFACREE • Jeff JOHNSTONE • Ross MACKENZIE • Paul GILLETT • Claire ONSLOW • Lily GORROD • James MARTIN • Jimmy CAMERON • Ben HILLIER • James RING • Kayla KEMPT

You too could be sporting hi-viz hero pink! Everything you need to know to sign up is on this volunteer page and doing a volunteer stint is really appreciated. Why not give it a go? There are still opportunities for next week and the weeks after that.

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Congratulations to Tara Shanahan, below, on an unofficial milestone of 200 parkruns. Great flying feet and paws, too!

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We also had Rebecca Miller celebrating her 100th milestone - well done! - and a gaggle of 50 milestoners. Big congrats to regular volunteer Carl Bennett (below, being bopped on the head by his 50 balloon yet still sporting flying feet!), Carol Dawson (pictured below, below, with balloon flying free), Susan Leaney and Brodie Taylor-Moray.

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All the results (and the event history if you scroll right down) can be found on the Results page and do head over to the Hove Prom page to see more of James's brilliant photos.

See you on the Prom next week and #dfyb!

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Hove Promenade parkrun #230 – 1 February 2020

It seems we’re all sticking to our new years resolutions, with another high turnout despite a grey gloomy cold morning on the prom. 400 of you joined us to either run, jog or walk the course.








Twelve of you joined us for your very first parkrun ever. Well done to Jonathan CHAPMAN, Santa CERBIKOVA, Paul HARRISON, Jon HARVEY, James SEMPLE, Milly MCENANEY, Sam GORDON, Lily RIGBY, Rebecca DE HAVAS, Helen GOODWIN, Stephanie COATES, Paul GORRIE and Wendy NORTON.  We hope you enjoyed your runs and look forward to welcoming you back next week.

Congratulations to the following people who reached the magical milestone of 50 runs: Lee TURNBULL, David RICHARDS, Allison BROWN and Yachna TAK and Nicky CHAPMAN.

Here’s Lee and his wife Kate celebrating the 50 runs in style.








This weeks run was made possible by the following volunteers: Georgia CARRICK, Anthony BRADLEY, Julie RAINEY, Alex MELLOR, Clary DREW, Harriet CUNNINGHAM, Lily GORROD, Gareth PERRY, David SPENCER, Ian SUTHERLAND-CRANFIELD, Abbie PORTER, Pete BENNETT, Irica CUNHA, Jeff JOHNSTONE, Ross MACKENZIE, James RING, Louise SMITH, Claire ONSLOW, Jim CALLENDER, Cheryl COSTELLO, Mark DUGUID, Chelsey HALLAM, Laura HODGKISS, Rispa KOSKEI, Stuart ROBERTS, Mark SALLIS, Luke CARTER, Miriam JORNA, Adam WALTER and Lauren BARKER.

Big thanks to you all for all your help. We are aware that there appears to be an issue with our texts / emails to thank you coming out and we are looking into it. But don’t worry, everyone will be allocated their volunteer credit.








We had a little magpie on the prom yesterday who appears to have taken home several of our finish tokens. We really need these back for next week so would be really grateful if you could return them if you accidentally took one home please.

For those of you who like a good stat, here's this weeks:

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hove Promenade parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Robbie FITZGIBBON who recorded a time of 14:31 on 9th December 2017 (event number 120).
The female record is held by Maisie TRAFFORD who recorded a time of 17:13 on 7th September 2019 (event number 208).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue GARNER who recorded 92.65% (24:02) on 9th September 2017 (event number 108).

Hove Promenade parkrun started on 11th July 2015. Since then 12,849 participants have completed 63,867 parkruns covering a total distance of 319,335 km, including 10,145 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,083 individuals have volunteered 6,866 times.

See you all next week on the prom




Hove Promenade parkrun #229 – 25th Jan 2020

A bit of a step back and perspective, after I’ve recovered from that icy headwind!

564 walkers, joggers and runners ventured to a slightly breezy and certainly cold Hove Promenade this morning. It is always a fantastic sight to see so many people arriving, greeting friends they have made through parkrun and then ready themselves for the off. 2020 is proving to be a big one at the prom as today was a record attendance (not counting New Year’s Day). With such big numbers please remember that we share the prom with other members of the public and we do not have any more right to be there than they do.

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Our Run Director, Mark, welcomed 29 first time ever parkrunners along with 50 first time visitors to Hove Promenade parkrun at the first timers briefing – it was great to welcome you from Aylesbury, Newcastle, Hastings and Woodhouse Moor and probably others we missed, sorry!

We are really lucky in Brighton and Hove to have a choice of 5 different parkruns on a Saturday morning all offering slightly different challenges. This morning there were over 1800 parkrunners take part across the city, it’s bonkers to think about it like that!


A HUGE thank you to the 39 volunteers who made it possible for us to enjoy a chilly run this morning at the prom – I’m not sure if they’ve thawed out yet!
Stephen KNOTT • Gareth PERRY • Paul HOWARD • Rachel BENTLEY • Sara CELIK • Marc BONALDI • Emma BRISTOW • Adam WALTER • Mark BROCKLEHURST • Harriet CUNNINGHAM • Lucy ANDERSON • Fred BENTLEY • Curtis PARKER-MILNES • Jon ELSOM • Mark SALLIS • Clary DREW • Nikki BOWMAN • Jon BINNEY • Lucy DEAN • Dave SKINNER • David SPENCER • Rispa KOSKEI • Judith MACKENZIE • Adriana KEMPT • George BENTLEY • David MARTIN • Laura HODGKISS • Jane TEW • Bobby DILWORTH • Jeff JOHNSTONE • Mark DUGUID • Stuart BRUMHILL • Lily GORROD • James MARTIN • Carol GRAY • Alan PAGET • Cecilia SZOLNOKI • James RING • Kayla KEMPT

Lily GORROD gave you your finish token this morning, why is this mentionable I hear you ask. Well this morning was the 50th time Lily has donned the high-viz!

We love our volunteers and anyone who wants to is always welcome to give it a go, there are numerous roles each week and all offers of help are gratefully received by the team. Please email, facebook, tweet or speak to the team on a Saturday morning if you want to give it a go or if you’d like more information about it. I honestly love volunteering as much as running at a parkrun.

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Also, a big thank you to David and Marc who took some brooms down to the prom during the week to help clear some of the course from the mountain of pebbles kindly dumped onto our course during the week in the choppy weather. Marc told me he felt like he’d been hit by a train the next day, it is not light work!

We cannot let this morning’s volunteers go without mentioning Jeff – yes the Jeff of Jeff’s Junction fame! This morning Jeff took care of his junction for the 100th time! Come rain, shine, hail, pebbles, bitter cold, gale-force winds or glorious summer heat, Jeff marshals the turn point at the west end of the course. He is always a friendly face and gives everyone a cheer, which certainly helps when you turn to face the headwind. Not only this but Jeff’s wife Tracy took to the prom for the first time this week, completing her first ever parkrun – parkrun is infectious!

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Other notable milestones this morning include Darren JONES, Alex POND, Elle BREEDS, Lucy ROBERTS and Teo VAN WELL completing their 50th parkruns and James BARRON, Julius BRINKWORTH, Ric STEWART and Matthew WALL their 100th. Congratulations and wear your new t-shirts with pride!

It is amazing to look around at parkrun; everyone from all walks of life, of all ages and all abilities each with a different goal and reason to turn up to a grey seafront for 9am on a Saturday morning. And then to think that this is replicated across the world 1671 times. But each and every one of the 357,004 parkrunnners and 33,098 volunteers this week makes parkrun what it is, and I think that it’s pretty cool to be one of those.


Same time next week? Great, see you there!



Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hove Promenade parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Robbie FITZGIBBON who recorded a time of 14:31 on 9th December 2017 (event number 120).
The female record is held by Maisie TRAFFORD who recorded a time of 17:13 on 7th September 2019 (event number 208).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue GARNER who recorded 92.65% (24:02) on 9th September 2017 (event number 108).

Hove Promenade parkrun started on 11th July 2015. Since then 12,807 participants have completed 63,467 parkruns covering a total distance of 317,335 km, including 10,092 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,083 individuals have volunteered 6,865 times.



So parkrun, yeah? How does it work?


We've come a long way since 11th July 2015 when we first started to welcome parkrunners to the prom. Since that day, 313,045 km have been run on the course and our numbers have risen from an average of 150 to seeing over 400 on a regular occurence. Who knows where we will be next year?


With this in mind, and with so many new people joining us on a Saturday morning, we thought we'd put together some information about our event - why we ask you to do what we do, give you a bit of terminology and let you see how everything works.

Firstly, everyone is a volunteer; we try to be as professional as we can be, but do bear this in mind if the results are late, or there are no photos on the Facebook page yet. Having said that, we volunteer because we love it - it's fun, engaging and you can learn new skills in a warm and welcoming environment. It's not a closed club and anyone is welcome to join in, whenever they want to.

So, let's look at a few parkrun day rules and explain why they are there!

So that run brief? I heard it last week so don't need to hear it again..right? - nope and that couldn't be further from the truth! Yes, there will be some recap on the rules we have to have in place, but there may be amends to the course, things to be aware of, as well as some announcements of running milestones. Also, just because it isn't your first time, it doesn't mean that there aren't new people there so they won't have heard it before. All we ask is for 2-3 minutes of silence before you parkrun. Please keep quiet during the run brief.

Don't forget your barcode (or #DFYB) - this is the parkrun golden rule. Without a barcode you can't get an official time. You can still take part of course, but please take a finish token and simply give it us back. See also "Ok, so you won't take it off my photo, but you can write it down, yeah?"

What is a funnel ducker? - this is someone who enters the finish funnel then jumps out without taking a token. This causes issues for the team when processing results as the below explains.

Why should I take a finish token? - when you cross the line into the finish funnel, our timekeepers will click the stopwatch. Every time someone crosses the line, they click. These "clicks" are recorded and we upload them to a results processing system called webFMS. The data is very simple - it tells us that the 99th runner over the line crossed in 25:00, the 100th runner crossed in 25:10 and so on.

At the end of the funnel you are passed a finish token. These are in numerical order and what we aim to do is ensure that runner 99, gets token 99. When we scan you and your position token, and upload that to webFMS, the system looks at all of the information and basically says, runner 99 is John Smith and the 99th runner clicked was 25:00 so therefore John Smith's time is 25:00. Simples, eh?

BUT - things can go astray! If runner 99 were to be a funnel ducker, then there is a chance that runner 100 actually gets token 99 - meaning the computer gives Joan Smith 25:00 when she actually got 25:10. Now this doesn't sound much but if a few people do this, then as more and more people enter the funnel (and if a few duck out) then the results get more and more mixed up - still with us?

The same would happen if you refused a token - the person behind would get your time and so on. So we're not being funny when we say that you must take a token - it's simply how the results are processed.

What if I don't have a barcode and I'm not fussed about a time? - Ideally you would still enter the funnel, collect a token and then pop it in one of our buckets by the barcode scanners. We don't think this is much to ask. But, if you are using the parkrun as part of a long run and want to keep going, or if this above sounds too much like hard work, then please simply don't enter the finish funnel. We would prefer it if you did so we can get an accurate number of participants, but if you aren't prepared to wait a few moments in the funnel for a token, please don't enter it.

I'm in the funnel but why do I need to stay in order? I've crossed the line so it's ok, yes?  - well no actually! On the same basis as what we said about the stopwatch clicks, you will get a more accurate time if you stay in the finish position you entered. Taking a token in order means you'll get your actual time rather than your funnel neighbour's time.

When does the stopwatch start? - timing starts when the Run Director says "go". Some of you start your watch as you cross the start line and though this could be a few seconds after the Run Director has started the run, your official time is from the first click on the stopwatch.

Why can't my time be from when I cross the start line? - resources, simply. We are a free timed run and don't have chip timing as most races do.

These tokens are nice and would look good on a keyring; can I keep them?  - Sadly not. The finish tokens are always required back at the end of the run. If you have your barcode with you, the scanner will retain your position token so we can use it again next week. If you've forgotten your barcode, please simply pass the position token to a barcode scanner -  please don't take them home. If you were to do this, and you find it in your pocket, please let us know! We're always relieved to get them back - just email us with the number!

Oh no - I ran a great run today and didn't get scanned until 15 mins after I finished - does that mean my time will be 15 mins more?  - no, this isn't the case. Whilst it is always a good idea to get scanned straight after the run, a delay in scanning doesn't add minutes to your finishing time. Remember the tokens we discussed above? The system knows that if you crossed the line in position 200 and collected the appropriate finish token, that your time would match the 200th click on the watch.

I've taken a photo of my barcode on my phone - you can scan that, right?  - actually we can't, sorry. Our scanners cannot read off screens and a photo of a barcode will be locked away with a PIN number so if something were to happen to you, we couldn't access your "In Case of Emergency" (ICE) number. We only accept paper, tag or wrist bracelet barcodes.

Ok, so you won't take it off my photo, but you can write it down, yeah?  - again sadly no. The rules for this are firm and clear and when you access your barcode from your profile screen, that photographs are not permitted. If the volunteers were to do this, there is huge potential for them to be manually adding lots of results from people who didn't apply the rules. The same applies if you have forgotten your barcode. We will not add you to the results for the same reasons.

Sounds a bit mean! - It's not really. Let's put this into context - our volunteers between them have to remember to bring a laptop, stopwatches, scanners, hi-viz, lanyards, folders, signs and many other pieces of kit to ensure the parkrun happens safely each week. Then it is packed away, results are processed, tokens are sorted, run reports done and social media updated - all we ask is that you bring your barcode - sound OK?

Ok, you've got me. But what happens if my barcode gets smudged or the scanners can't read it? - now, that's a different story. As you have brought a barcode and for some reason it can't be scanned, then we will write it down for you and add you manually. This is the only occasion where we do this and another reason why we don't write down for people who've forgotten or have it on their phones. We utterly LOVE parkrun and volunteering, but we do like to do other things on a Saturday after the run has finished!

That covers quite a lot and hopefully some things are a bit clearer now. Perhaps you already knew this, but it's quite likely that there is something in there that was news to you. Weather permitting, we try to do the results at the Lawns Cafe and you are always welcome to watch and learn. And of course, if there is anything that you are unsure about, please ASK! We're a friendly bunch and want you to come back again and again. Plus your barcode is your passport to 2,500 parkruns across the globe. No need to re-register! Whether you're travelling to Brighton or Brisbane, your own parkrun barcode is accepted there!

See you on the Prom soon!

Your Hove Promenade parkrun Core Team.


Hove Promenade parkrun #228 – 18 January 2020

Another big turn out on the prom yesterday morning with 514 of you joining us to walk, jog or run the course.  Our run was made possible by the great efforts of David Spencer and his merry band of sweepers, who managed to clear the pebbles yet again so we could all run after storm Brendan tried his best to stop us.
















Well done to the following people who were running their first parkruns: Fari BECK, Freddy BRADLEY, Gareth KING, Olivia STAFFORD, Olly FINN-KELCEY, Mark UREN, Christopher WEEKS, Andrew DAVIES, Wendy Nataly PANIAGUA ESTRADA, Matt HOLMES, Matt SANDERSON, Sophia PINTO, Kat BOWRINKO, Dan SAATCIOGLU, Geoff WILLIAMS, Sarah HEWITT, Sophie LAWRENCE, Sarah MINNIS, Anna CULLUM, Jacqueline MCLENNAN, Dona FROST, Ellen LAWRENCE, Alice ABBOTT, Rachel CATTERMOLE, Phoebe HEATH, Felicity WALMSLEY, Rob STEPHENS, Henry COTTRELL, Catherine COTTRELL, Daniel NAVAS, Ben CORKE, Kay BEDFORD, Jane JONES and Noah BLACKFORD. That’s a lot of first timers this week. Well done everyone.








We also had the following people join the 50 club: Joel STARKEY, David MARSH, Graham HALFACREE, David VISE, Emma O’SULLIVAN and Rachel MARTIN.  Jimmy FULLER joined the 100 club and Byron JACOBS joined the 250 club. Big congrats everyone. Do let us know if you have a milestone run coming up as we do like to give you a shout out.

Big thanks to this weeks volunteers:

Tara SHANAHAN • Marc BONALDI • Charlie HEMPSTEAD • Adam WALTER • Georgia CARRICK • Lauren BARKER • Suzanne LANGDON • Mark BROCKLEHURST • Harriet CUNNINGHAM • Julie RAINEY • Kathryn MARTIN • Jon ELSOM • Mark SALLIS • Clary DREW • Lorraine HALE • Ross MAGGS • David SPENCER • Rispa KOSKEI • David MARTIN • Cathy BIRMINGHAM • Laura HODGKISS • Alex MELLOR • Luke CARTER • Emilie BRULEY • Jane TEW • Madeleine RUDGE • Tony AUSTIN • Caroline SHARP • Jeff JOHNSTONE • Peter BENNETT • Georgina COOKE • Stuart BRUMHILL • Paul GILLETT • Claire ONSLOW • Lily GORROD • James MARTIN • Jimmy CAMERON • Cecilia SZOLNOKI • James RING

Big thank you to David MARTIN who was doing his 25th volunteer stint. In case you didn’t know, 25 volunteer roles is also a milestone! So well done David.

If you can help in the coming weeks, please do get in touch here or at Hovepromenade@parkrun.com

You may wonder why it’s so important you stay in the funnel and take a finish token even if you’re not scanning? Well, in short, as you cross the finish line, our volunteers are clicking you in on their stopwatches. This gives you a finishing positioning in the run. When you get to the end of the funnel, our volunteer will give you a finish token that should match the number you were on our stopwatches. Once you’ve been scanned and we download the stopwatches and scanners, this will tally up and give you your time and position in the run. Unfortunately, if you jump out of the funnel without taking a token, it means that the person behind you will take your token and as a result, gets issued the wrong time. It has a knock on affect also. So everyone after you will have the wrong token and time.  This makes it a lot more work for our volunteers as they then have to spend time trying to establish where things went wrong. So we please ask that if you cross the finish line, please take a finish token, even if you don’t want to scan. Look out for more details about how we do what we do coming shortly.

This weeks full results are here, Hove Promenade parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Robbie FITZGIBBON who recorded a time of 14:31 on 9th December 2017 (event number 120).
The female record is held by Maisie TRAFFORD who recorded a time of 17:13 on 7th September 2019 (event number 208).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue GARNER who recorded 92.65% (24:02) on 9th September 2017 (event number 108).

Hove Promenade parkrun started on 11th July 2015. Since then 12,728 participants have completed 62,903 parkruns covering a total distance of 314,515 km, including 9,993 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,075 individuals have volunteered 6,826 times.

Have a good week all and we’ll see you next Saturday on the prom